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The next Crimea? Getting Russia’s Transnistria policy right

Rogstad, Adrian (2016) The next Crimea? Getting Russia’s Transnistria policy right. Problems of Post-Communism. ISSN 1075-8216

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10758216.2016.1237855


Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in March 2014 sparked so far unrealised international fears that the pro-Russian separatist republic of Transnistria in Moldova might be the next object of Russian territorial revisionism. This article argues that these fears were predicated on faulty assumptions about Russia’s interests and capacities in Moldova. It traces the development of Russian policy in the country from 1992-2015, and argues that Russia has primarily been interested in influence over the whole of Moldova rather than Transnistria per se, that Russian policy has been primarily reactive, responding to developments beyond its control, and that these developments frequently show Russia’s limited power and ability to enforce its objectives.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 14:58
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:14

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